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NWSL bans four coaches for life following abuse and misconduct probe

The National Women's Soccer League (NWSL) has permanently banned four people from coaching in the competition in response to an investigation into alleged abuse and misconduct.

Former North Carolina coach Paul Riley, ex-Chicago Red Stars coach Rory Dames, former Washington Spirit coach Richie Burke, and ex-Racing Louisville coach Christy Holly have all been given bans.

A number of other individuals will be allowed to return to positions in the NWSL on certain conditions, including acknowledging misconduct, participating in training and committing to appropriate behaviour.

They included Republic of Ireland head coach Vera Pauw, who was coach at Houston Dash in 2018, and denied "every allegation" about her when the investigation report was released.

Pauw's successor James Clarkson will be allowed to return to the NWSL, subject to satisfying those same conditions, along with former Reign coach Farid Benstiti and ex-Orlando Pride coach Amanda Cromwell.

But former coach of Utah Royals, Craig Harrington, and ex-Gotham general manager Alyse LaHue have been suspended from working in the NWSL for two years.

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